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I’ve had to shift focus several times while writing this blog post. No wonder, it’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks for antitrust and digital platform competition. On Wednesday, a coalition of U.S. state attorneys general filed suit over Google’s market power in online advertising technology. Thursday saw another complaint, this one about Google […]

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One of the most important and difficult goals of media policy is preserving and promoting voices of marginalized communities and diverse perspectives. It’s important because a functioning democracy requires informed points of view from multiple perspectives. There should be media that speak to and speak for everyone in our country. This applies to all media, […]

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Videos A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: How the DMCA Is Used To Inhibit Free Expression on the Internet

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: How the DMCA Is Used To Inhibit Free Expression on the Internet

December 15, 2020

The DMCA was intended to protect copyright holders from having their work stolen or reproduced online.

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On December 20th, something exciting is happening for television viewers, and no, it’s not a new Hallmark Christmas movie (although, we’re sure that’s happening too, and when it does happen, we’ll be there!). What’s happening is that FINALLY, consumers are going to get some transparency into how much they will spend on pay-TV service (e.g. […]

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Full disclosure: this blog post was not written with just the best prose and policy prescriptions in mind. There was something else I considered, something shared by everyone from the smallest of bloggers to the New York Times: how to optimize ranking in Google’s search algorithm. As Google is the dominant search engine that people […]

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Tomorrow, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss censorship, the suppression of news articles, and the companies’ handling of the 2020 presidential election. Last time Dorsey and Zuckerberg were brought in to the Senate to testify, the hearing turned into an opportunity for some […]

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Media organizations and social media platforms approached preparing for the 2020 presidential election as if they were going to war. Informed by COVID-19 misinformation conspiracies, demands from both sides of the political aisle to adjust their content moderation policies, and at least four years of orchestrated political misinformation campaigns, our mainstream media and social media […]

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On October 20, Twitch streamers woke up to find that thousands of their videos had been permanently, and without advance notice, wiped from the platform. Not only did Twitch blatantly violate the law (leaving it vulnerable to user lawsuits), the incident also shows how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act fails utterly at protecting individual speech […]

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In 2016, Facebook, Twitter, and other digital platforms were used as they were designed — to help content go viral — but for destructive purposes. Misinformation that ramped up during the election cycle was not just coming from within the United States, but from a coordinated influence campaign wherein Russian bots produced and disseminated disinformation […]

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Videos Video | Broadband Network Reliability: Are “Best Efforts” Sufficient in the Digital Era?

Video | Broadband Network Reliability: Are “Best Efforts” Sufficient in the Digital Era?

October 30, 2020 Broaband Access, Broadband, broadband network, Digital Platform, Webinar Series

Historically, the internet is a “best efforts” service. Subscribers knowingly accept the risk of outages at any time as a condition of using the network. Today, access to reliable broadband has become an essential cornerstone of the economy, education, and public safety. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased our reliance on broadband even further while regulated […]

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